Op Ed
Opinion  /  Published 04.05.20

Harry meets Meghan

Queen Elizabeth II will probably complete a century. After her, Prince Charles will succeed as Charles III. He is already 72. If he lasts a century, his son will be 65 when he succeeds him as William ...
By Ashok V. Desai

Opinion  /  Published 31.08.19

Who are India's public intellectuals?

The last refuge of unselfconscious, upper-class male privilege is that contemporary parlour game, the listing of public intellectuals. This is peculiarly true of postcolonial countries like India wher...
By Mukul Kesavan

Opinion  /  Published 27.08.19

The law against triple talaq defies logic

The angst about triple talaq is justifiable. The Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo made it an emotive campaign issue. Without doubt, it is an unjust way of severing a marital relationship even if ‚Äėnikah‚Ä...
By Kapil Sibal

Opinion  /  Published 27.04.20

Toxic compartments

In a 1995 interview, Harun Farocki, the late German film-maker, spoke about the ideas of the Enlightenment in his thought and work. “It seems to me something has changed in the last 15-20 years... T...
By Ruchir Joshi

Opinion  /  Published 26.08.19

When the court is merely a silent spectator

On the eve of India‚Äôs 73rd Independence Day, a strange verdict blotted India‚Äôs jurisprudential landscape. Rejecting the weak links in the process of collection of evidence during investigations ‚Ä...
By Teesta Setalvad


Opinion  /  Published 28.03.20

Distances in a crowded house

Everything in my American life is coming to a standstill. Colleagues aren’t travelling. Conferences and meetings have been cancelled. University classes are moving online as professors scramble to l...
By Dipesh Chakrabarty

Opinion  /  Published 30.06.19

Against caution: The case for Rishabh Pant

Going into the match against England on Sunday, the verdict on the Indian team‚Äôs performance in this World Cup has to be an unequivocal ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô. It‚Äôs hard to remember an Indian side that c...
By Mukul Kesavan

Opinion  /  Published 25.03.20

A dangerous & false sense of safety

Bangar’s subject was the need of the people. One could add here analyses from other doctors and commentators, saying, for example, that India was under-testing: so far, around 16,000 people have bee...
By Bhaswati Chakravorty

Opinion  /  Published 25.06.19

The warmth of unplanned meetings with friends

Something very odd happened the other day. I was just about to put on the afternoon coffee when a friend dropped in. We were happy to see each other; I asked if he wanted some coffee, he said yes, and...
By Ruchir Joshi

Opinion  /  Published 24.03.20

The cultural anxiety about solitariness

Earlier this month, Mumbai ushered in Holi in a peculiar way. Coronasur ‚ÄĒ a symbolic effigy of Covid-19 which, the WHO says with good reason, is now a global health emergency ‚ÄĒ was consigned to th...
By Uddalak Mukherjee


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